Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

A luscious, luxurious chocolate pudding, created by Peter Sidwell.


Makes: 4-6Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30-35 minutes


  • 220g caster sugar
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder, plus extra to dust
  • 60g unsalted butter, melted
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 150g California Prunes, chopped
  • 250ml boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Pour 110g sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Sift the flour and 25g of the cocoa powder into the bowl, and make a well in the centre.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk and egg.
  5. Pour the whisked ingredients into the well, add the chopped California Prunes, and fold the ingredients together until well combined.
  6. Spread the mixture evenly into a non-stick baking dish.
  7. Mix together the remaining sugar and cocoa, and sprinkle across the top of the pudding.
  8. Carefully pour the boiling water over the top of the pudding. This will create a sauce that will sink to the bottom of the pudding while it bakes.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is firm.
  10. Leave to stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly before serving.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.